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Practice Education (Developing Professional Practice) in Social Work Programme


The modules are designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to support social work students, newly qualified practitioners and other staff.

The modules provide a clear grounding in the role of Practice Educator including facilitating and assessing work-based learning through mentoring, supervision provision, training and other methods crucial to the learning and development of others including social work students, newly qualified social workers and supervisees.

Who are the modules for?

The modules are suitable for social work practitioners looking to supervise and assess social work students during their first or last practice learning opportunity within a social care related organisation and ASYE social workers.

The modules will equip registered social workers to undertake the responsibilities of a Stage 1 and Stage 2 Practice Educator in accordance with the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS refresh 2019) covering Domains A - D. The modules meet the teaching requirements for the linked statements within the Professional Capabilities Framework (BASW refresh 2018), the HCPC/SWE Statements of Proficiency, the Values and Ethics for Social Workers (2017). Practice supervisors can take the first three days of PEPS 1 module.

Links to Continuing Professional Development

Registered social workers may also use the modules to fulfil the post qualification registration training and learning requirements under the regulatory body. The qualifications support candidates to further develop in the role of Professional Educator under the Professional Capability Framework (BASW, 2016) and to continue to develop a career in Practice Education.

Following assessment, registered social workers will achieve 15 masters level credits at each stage completed (30 masters level credits in total upon successful completion of Stage 1 and Stage 2). These could be used within structured post-qualifying awards. They may be accepted at a range of universities offering such awards but they would make the decision to accept this as approved prior learning.

How to apply

Please complete the application form as an expression of interest in attending the PEPS programme. Please send the application to the email addresses identified at the end of the application form.

Practitioners must have practised for at least two years following qualification and should demonstrate the ability to practice at PCF Experienced Social Work level. During this minimum two-year period, practitioners interested in qualifying as a practice educator should demonstrate their interest and commitment to practice education through activities such as supporting students and other new staff. Candidates will later be sent an online link for the full university application process, which is required in order to have full access to the Library and be assessed as part of the module.

Course Dates

PEPS Stage 1 (October 2020 start)

Currently, the programme is tentatively scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, 21 October 2020 
  • Thursday, 22 October 2020
  • Wednesday, 2 December 2020
  • Wednesday, 3 February 2020
  • Wednesday, 14 April 2021
  • Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Please note that these dates may be subject to change. 

PEPS Stage 1 (February 2021 start)

Currently, the programme is tentatively scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, 17 February 2021
  • Thursday, 18 February 2021
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021
  • Wednesday, 19 May 2021
  • Wednesday, 16 June 2021
  • Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Please note that these dates may be subject to change. 

PEPS Stage 2 (November 2020 start)

Currently, the programme is tentatively scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, 18 November 2020
  • Thursday, 19 November 2020
  • Thursday, 4 February 2021
  • Wednesday, 17 March 2021
  • Wednesday, 5 May 2021
  • Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Please note that these dates may be subject to change. 

Currently the course will be delivered online. However, should it become possible for us to offer face-to-face teaching, we'll give you advance notice, but the dates that you'll be required to attend will remain the same. Please note that there is an 80 per cent minimum attendance requirement for the course. Upon a successful application you can view the finalised upcoming course dates, times and room numbers by logging in to your teaching timetable. Click here to login and view your timetable.


Fees are currently under review by the University and will be advertised shortly.

PEPS candidates are not charged for taking the modules(s) if they are supporting a Brunel Social Work student on placement.

Unfortunately, you will still be charged even if the portfolio is not completed or your attendance falls below the minimum of the 80% requirement.


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